Mardi Gras 2014
20th Annual!
Saturday, February 22nd
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

(Doors open at 5 pm, Dinner served from 5:15-8 pm, Cash Bar)

Watch this page for additional details about Mardi Gras 2014

(Mardi Gras Flyer)

Read more about:
King Jace | Menu | Children's Celebration | Sponsors | Queen Contestants | Previous Kings & Queens | Mardi Gras Committee | Short History of Mardi Gras

Tickets: $30 ($35 at the door — CASH ONLY — if tickets are still available)
Call Lorraine Cloutier at (401) 762-9072 or

Slippery Sneakers

St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center
84 Cumberland Street,Woonsocket, RI

Live music by

Jeff Gamache and Runaway Train



Slippery Sneakers
(Zydeco, Blues & Soul, Cajun Waltzes)
Jeff GamacheEmceed by Jeff Gamache

French Onion Soup

Shrimp Cocktail


New Orleans Style Crawfish

Baguettes of French Bread and Butter

Creole Chicken

Cajun Porketta

Mardi Gras Style Chop Suey (Shrimp, Chicken, Sweet Sausage)


Oven-Roasted Cajun Potatoes

Corn, Cauliflower, Carrot Medley

Bourbon Street Pudding

Coffee (Regular And De-Caf)

Prizes for best costume went to
Nancy Fafard of Woonsocket and Jim Limperis of Seekonk

This year's celebration
is dedicated to the memory of
Phyllis Thomas

King Jace contest sponsored by Dave Richards of WOON Radio
Dave Richards, WOON RadioWOON Radio

Clues to King Jace XX's Identity

1, Has more in common with Prince Charles than most kings.
2. Plays the game with fifty-one.
3. Has been a president and a chairman.
4. Is "ram" tough.
5. Has royalty in his family.
6. Watches the dollars and cents.
7. Frequently sees double.
8. Is torn between two countries.
9. His favorite season is autumn.
10. Occupies two houses.

King Jace XX at the Queen's Coronation, entering and ready to crown his Queen!

And King Jace is ....
State Representative Robert D. Phillips

pictured unmasked
by Queen Sheylon Lawson.
The winner of the King Jace contest was Margaret Thereault.

Mardi Gras Children's Celebration

CYO Center

Search Room, 53 Federal Street,Woonsocket, RI
Saturday, February 22, 2014
11 am - 1 pm
Free admission

Includes children's costume party & parade
Entertainment by Linda Trudeau
Prizes for best costume/most original for girls and boys, grades K to 4



Sponsored by

Catholic Financial Life

Will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 1 pm

at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs Hall

Park Square, Woonsocket, RI

Our Queen Contestants are now selling
raffle tickets
to benefit this year's Mardi Gras Raffle

Grand Prize winner Diane Marshall: $300 in cash
2nd Prize winner David Lacouture: Three Shows at the Stadium Theatre (2 tickets for each show)
3rd Prize winner Amy Dauphinais: Gift Certificate for Pilgrim House Inn, Newport, RI
4th Prize winner Justin Foster: $50 Gift Certificate for River Falls

This year's contestants:

2014 Mardi Gras Queen


SHEYLON LAWSON is a current resident of Providence and works for Navigant Credit Union at the Park Square branch in Woonsocket. She also owns a web-based novelty business, K&G Party Boutique, specializing in favors for weddings, birthdays, baptisms, etc. She is the mother of four children, Drew Ellis, age 14; Symone, age 12; Elliot, age 11; and Kenadie Grace, age 2. She is a very active member of the Shekinah Family Worship Center in Providence and serves as an Administrative Assistant for their Pastor Aide Committee Board and Community Outreach Coordinator that helps youth and elderly in their community. Sheylon would like to become Mardi Gras Queen because of her passion to become involved and help the community in an eventful way.
Sheylon Lawson
Brittney Croteau
2014 Mardi Gras Princess

BRITTNEY CROTEAU resides in North Smithfield and is employed as a teacher at the Gingerbread House Pre-School. She enjoys working with children and photography is one of her favorite interests. She also loves dancing at Ocean State Dance Academy and is presently trying out for Patriots cheerleading. She wants to contribute to keeping the arts alive in Northern Rhode Island and promote pride in the community by showcasing events that recognize our heritage.
2013 Mardi Gras Princess

CARLA FARIA resides in Pawtucket and is presently employed by Northern Rhode Island Community Services in Woonsocket as a Masters Team Coordinator since 2001. She enjoys Zumba three times a week and became a certified instructor 2 years ago; she enjoys dancing, reading, movies, and traveling abroad, especially Europe. Carla was born in Portugal and became a citizen 10 years ago. She speaks Portuguese fluently and can read French. She would like to be Mardi Gras Queen for an opportunity to help raise money for a fun tradition like Mardi Gras and bring much needed attention to the arts. She is the mother of Diana, age 11 and Bailey, age 7; and has a boyfriend who already treats her like a queen.
Carla Faria

Pictured from left: Brittney Croteau (first princess), Sheylon Lawson (Mardi Gras Queen), King Jace, and Carla Faria (second princess)
Amanda Girard
AMANDA GIRARD is a resident of Woonsocket and theatre is one of her favorite interests. She currently appeared in the Encore Repertory Company’s presentation of “A Christmas Carol’ which was her fifth play with Encore and finds time to spend at The Alive Program. Amanda enjoys arts and crafts, reading and spending time with family, friends and her two pet dogs. She believes NRICA is a wonderful organization and wants to see arts and culture continue in the City of Woonsocket. She is the daughter of Sana Rodrigues.
DEBBIE WESLEY PITOCHELLI presently resides in Woonsocket and is employed by BNY MELLON. Health and Wellness is her special interest teaching aerobics for 30 years in different locations all over Rhode Island and MA. She has volunteered nine years to the community coaching soccer and basketball at CYSA and Boys & Girls Club while her sons were growing up. She believes NRICA is an extremely important organization for the community and she would like to be part of keeping the arts “alive” in the Northern R. I. area. She recently married Ernie Pitochelli and between them have four sons, a daughter and two grandchildren.
Debbie Wesley Pitochelli

NRICA Mardi Gras King, Queen, and Princesses in the Autumnfest Parade
Mardi Gras Queen Sheylon Lawson and King Jace Robert Phillips

Mardi Gras Princesses Brittney Croteau and Carla Faria

(driven by 2012 Queen Jackie Boudreau and her husband Rene)

Mardi Gras Queen Shelon Lawson prepares for the Autumnfest Parade

Previous Kings & Queens

(click on links to see Mardi Gras page from that year)


1954 •

Pauline (Nadeau) Miller

1955 •

Maureen (Mazzarella) Kennedy

1956 •

Beverly (DiCesare) Russell

1957 •

Pauline (Gagnon) Riendeau

1958 •

Rita (Laliberte) Nadeau

1959 •

Claire (Paul) Lafrance

1988 •

Michelle (Lefort) Wheeler

Owen Bebeau

•1995 •

Gloria Jean Roy

Roger Nault

• 1996 •

Paula Rezendes

Al Auclair

• 1997 •

Roxanne Menard

Leo Fontaine

• 1998 •

Dianna Glassey

Roger Jalette

• 1999 •

Donna Gallant

Ken Bianchi

• 2000 •

Nancy (Melvin) Beauregard

Noel Pincince

• 2001 •

Suzanne Beaulieu

Dave Richards

• 2002 •

Lorraine Jacob

Roger Petit

• 2003 •

Stacey (McCutcheon) Fitzsimmons

Roger Bouchard

• 2004 •

Roberta Baillargeon

Tom Ward

• 2005 •

Joyce Laperle

Brian Blais

• 2006 •

Lorraine Guilbault

Marcel Desroches

• 2007 •

Nancy Phillips

• 2008 •

• 2009 •

• 2010 •

• 2011 •
• 2012 •
• 2013 •
Bob Phillips • 2014 • Sheylon Lawson

3 Past Queens of Mardi Gras having a great time -- Suzanne Beaulieu '01, , Jackie Boudreau '12, and Sandy Paul '13.

Mardi Gras


Jackie Boudreau#
Rene Boudreau

Romeo Berthiaume*
Irene Blais
Richard Champoux^

JoanSharon CharetteSharon
Lorraine Cloutier
Paul Collette
Marlene Gagnon*
Joan R. Gahan

Mariana Hadady
Monique Jean
Clara L’Heureux
Sue MacKenzie
CarolRayRay Nolan

Sandy Paul
Paul Plante^
Patrick Ryan

Brenda Viscione

*Committee Co-Chairs
#Queen's Contest Chair
^Children's Celebration Co-Chairs

Our Sponsors

(click on logo or link to visit our sponsors' websites)


Judith Potter Photography
281 Harris Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

Soucy Insurance Agency
362 Rathbun Street, Woonsocket, RI

Blackstone Valley Center For Internal Medicine, Inc.
Greigstone Yearwood, M. D.
191 Social Street, Woonsocket

Cardi's Furniture
with locations in Rhode Island (South Kingstown, West Warwick),
Massachusetts (Braintree, Hyannis, South Attleboro, Swansea)

Catholic Financial Life
New England Regional Office
1300 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

Coachmen's Lodge
273 Wrentham Road, Bellingham, MA Phone: (508) 883-9888

Fournier & Fournier

Frere Andre ACA
Julien Bessette, President
Division of ARCANUM
171 Front Street, Woonsocket, RI

Raymond Gaboury
Woonsocket, RI

Hunter Insurance
P. O. Box 1, Manville, RI

Richard R. Lepine Financial Advisors
2140 Mendon Road, Suite 202, Cumberland, RI 02864
Telephone: (401) 475-3508 • (888) 920-3232

Manville Sportsmen's Rod and Gun Club
Manville Sportsmen's Rod and Gun Club

250 High Street, Manville, RI

Mrs. Roxanne Menard, Woonsocket, RI

Michaud's Auto Body

Milford Federal Savings & Loan

Milford Federal Savings & Loan
246 Main Street, Milford, MA

Navigant Credit Union
Navigant Credit Union
1005 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI

State Representative Robert D. Phillips
Woonsocket, RI

Real Estate Property Management
600 Cass Avenue, Woonsocket, RI, 401-769-1670

Woonsocket Rotary Club
Woonsocket, RI

Valley Breeze Newspapers
6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI

Connie Anderson

Stage Right Studio
68 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI

Athena's Home Novelties
640 Winter Street, Woonsocket, RI

Jackie Boudreau (Mardi Gras Queen 2012)
Jewelry by Latasia

Romeo & Diane Berthiame
Uxbridge, MA

Careau Investment Group
68 Cumberland Street, Suite 202, Woonsocket, RI, (401) 765-8880

Carmella's Coiffures
643 St. Paul Street, North Smithfield, RI

Cercle Laurier
165 East School Street, Woonsocket, RI

Sharon Charette
North Smithfield, RI

Chez Salon
Monique Jean
108 Harris Pond Road, Blackstone, MA 

Club Lafayette
Club Lafayette
289 Aylsworth Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

Conway Tours
10 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland, RI

Cumberland House of Pizza
2360 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864-3708, (401) 658-2626

Early Riser Breakfast
175 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, RI

Earth & Water Landdscapes & Water Gardens


Earth & Water
Landscapes & Water Gardens

Eggs Up Family Restaurant

2378 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI

Excel Beauty Salon
800 Providence Street, Woonsocket, RI

Fontana's Flowers & Greenhouses
1098 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI

Marlene Gagnon
Cumberland, RI

Joan Gahan
Woonsocket, RI

Image Makers Beauty Salon
37 Main Street, Albion, RI

Italian Workingmen's Club
Italian Workingmen's Club, Inc.
947 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI

Kiwanis Club of Woonsocket, Inc.
84 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI

Clara Holding
"Life's Little Extras"
641 Blackstone Street, Uxbridge, MA

Luxury Cleaners
1850 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI, (401) 333-1155

Michael's Meats
2139 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI, (401) 305-5555

Modern Bistro
4077 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI, (401) 658-0449

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church
1409 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI

Piette Jewelers
1500 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI

Retired Senior Volunteer Association, Inc.
68 Cumberland Street, Suite 300, Woonsocket, RI

River Falls Restaurant
74 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI

Carolyn Smith
Cumberland, RI 

Stadium Theatre
Stadium Theatre
28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI


Sue Tessier MacKenzie, Seasonal Sweets
289 Summer Street, Woonsocket, RI

Therese Tessier, Woonsocket, RI

Theatre Works

142 Clinton Street, Woonsocket, RI

Whistlestop Restaurant & Ice Cream Shoppe

119 Main Street, Albion, RI, (401) 333-1143

Wright's Dairy Farm and Bakery

200 Woonsocket Hill Road, North Smithfield, RI

Read about the great time we had for Mardi Gras 2013!


Robert Graves Leonard of Slippery Sneakers
Many of the traditions of Mardi Gras have their roots in a Roman festival called the Saturnalia which celebrated the end of winter and the coming of spring. Over time, and with the spread of Christianity, the festival became a final binge of feasting and self-indulgence before the sacrifice of Lent. In 17th century Paris, the celebration came to be known as Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday – a way for Christians to fatten up before the long Lenten season.

Mardi Gras 2007French settlers brought their traditions to Louisiana in 1766. By 1857, New Orleans began to develop its own traditions of masked balls, organized parades, and “throws” (favors such as beads, doubloons, and cups thrown from parade floats). In 1872, the King of Mardi Gras selected the celebration’s official colors of purple, green, and gold. The colors’ meanings were defined as justice (purple), faith (green), and power (gold) in 1892.

In 1954, the Mardi Gras tradition was started in Woonsocket by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. The four days of festivities earned the celebration the title of “Mardi Gras of the North.” The Jaycees’ involvement in Mardi Gras gave our king his name – King Jace.

Since 1995, the NRICA and the Mardi Gras Committee, with the invaluable help of our sponsors, have worked hard to bring the authentic feel and the fun of a traditional Mardi Gras celebration to Woonsocket.